The Otley MAKER SPACE is a community workspace that opened in the Otley Courthouse in December of 2018. The Courthouse arts and resource centre has transformed the block of its building that was formerly used by Citizens Advice into a maker space. This new facility offers rooms and a whole range of equipment - including woodworking benches, a 3D printer, sewing machines, plus electronics, Raspberry Pi’s and soldering tools - all to help users get creative.
The scheme has been spearheaded by Dr Marty Jopson (the BBC’s The One Show’s scientist, who also helped start Otley Science Festival) and operates on a monthly membership basis while also staging sessions that are open to the public.
Courthouse Chair David Robson said: “The idea is to have as many tools as possible to help people make things. There are about 100 ‘maker spaces’ in the country which are all slightly different but based on a similar model. For us this offers something on the more technical, craft side of things which is a really good match with what the Courthouse already offers. For a town like Otley we’re hoping it will have quite a big impact.”
The Courthouse received a boost while refurbishing the rooms for the MAKER SPACE thanks to Otley gym Club Energy, which donated flooring material, donations of tools from RS and Farnell, and funding from the Institute of Physics.